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When Arthur takes a job at a Blue's Doughnuts, he has no idea that his fat, obstinate boss Buford Lafont has a secret: in addition to running a failing bakery, Lafont moonlights as a private investigator and a reluctant expert on the paranormal phenomena that threaten humanity. Detective Lafont wants little to do with the darker side of his small New England town, but the When Arthur takes a job at a Blue's Doughnuts, he has no idea that his fat, obstinate boss Buford Lafont has a secret: in addition to running a failing bakery, Lafont moonlights as a private investigator and a reluctant expert on the paranormal phenomena that threaten humanity. Detective Lafont wants little to do with the darker side of his small New England town, but the spirits and powers that lurk in the shadows won't leave him alone. His first case with Arthur at his side starts out as a simple disappearance, but quickly draws them into the realm of occult mathematics and sinister rituals. It will take all of Lafont's skill and cunning if they're to survive the dark truth behind the victim's death and taxes.


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When Arthur takes a job at a Blue's Doughnuts, he has no idea that his fat, obstinate boss Buford Lafont has a secret: in addition to running a failing bakery, Lafont moonlights as a private investigator and a reluctant expert on the paranormal phenomena that threaten humanity. Detective Lafont wants little to do with the darker side of his small New England town, but the When Arthur takes a job at a Blue's Doughnuts, he has no idea that his fat, obstinate boss Buford Lafont has a secret: in addition to running a failing bakery, Lafont moonlights as a private investigator and a reluctant expert on the paranormal phenomena that threaten humanity. Detective Lafont wants little to do with the darker side of his small New England town, but the spirits and powers that lurk in the shadows won't leave him alone. His first case with Arthur at his side starts out as a simple disappearance, but quickly draws them into the realm of occult mathematics and sinister rituals. It will take all of Lafont's skill and cunning if they're to survive the dark truth behind the victim's death and taxes.

30 review for Death and Taxes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Curtis Shea

    This novelette is a mix of mystery and comedy with themes of Lovecraftian Horror. It had me chuckling quite a bit with it's humorous use of tropes, and some very cheeky references (such as its version of the Necronomicon, The Black Book, written by a "mad monk"). The writing is of the same caliber as the Cabal of Thotash. If you enjoyed that novelette, you'll enjoy this one. Overall, I really liked this tale, and rate it a 4/5

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Mclean

    Pike once again delivers an excellent geeky, modern, Pratchett-style story. This delivered exactly what I expected as Pike has quickly become a favorite of mine for this type of book, my only disappointment was that it was just a short story as I would like to see more with these characters.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Greenbaum

    Very funny Short but very good. There were multiple times when I laughed out loud. Satisfying ending but leaves me wanting much more with these characters.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Juliana Veale

    I really enjoyed the short story except it was too short. This sounds so promising for a series of novels which I think the author should develop. Arthur's perspective is excellent, but I do wish there was more explanation of the world he suddenly found himself in. The real question of course is" Does Arthur Persuade his boss to allow for chocolate glazed doughnuts?" If you've read the story, you understand the importance of this question

  5. 4 out of 5

    CB

    I enjoyed this short story but it was actually too short for me haha. I just really like this authors voice and the imagination in his stories. The only reason I only liked it (3) is because I felt that I needed more story. I enjoyed this little Kindle freebie! I enjoyed this short story but it was actually too short for me haha. I just really like this author’s voice and the imagination in his stories. The only reason I only “liked it” (3) is because I felt that I needed more story. I enjoyed this little Kindle freebie!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Susanne Houle

    Loved it! But over too soon. The story was short but a fun read. It would be nice to see the collaboration between the two main characters continue. Here's keeping my fingers crossed!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    Fun read. I'm already a fan of Pike's writing. This was primarily to make sure I'd read everything he's made available to date. I will say that Pike does a fantastic job of writing characters through both action and dialogue.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tim Moses

    Interesting idea and characters The beginnings of a good present-day fantasy series. Like other J. Zachery Pike books, the main characters are not the typical main characters found in most books, but are deep and interesting.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Could have easily been a novella, lots of room to build, way too rushed.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bryan Craig

    Ok I really like this Ok I really like this writer this is a lot of fun did what I expected and that was kind of the problem

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Really too short I think I might call this a novella or perhaps even a short story. Fantasy? Yes. Urban? Not by my definition of urban. Nonetheless I did enjoy it and will join Mr. Pike's mailing list to download another of his books.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Sullivan

    Fast paced and funny. The characters and their interactions were amusing, and I'd love to see more of them. I'm a bit of a sucker for detective stories with a supernatural twist, so that's pretty great.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    I've clearly worked in the banking industry for way too long as I find the concept of a baleful accountant hilarious.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brent

    What do you get when you cross a donut-shop proprietor and a paranormal detective? Buford Lafont. This short novel is a satisfying (and quite funny) introduction to J. Zackary Pike.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Keith Cohan

  16. 4 out of 5

    Geek Chick

  17. 5 out of 5

    Zi Cat

  18. 5 out of 5

    Scott Taylor

  19. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

  20. 5 out of 5

    Madison Keller

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lorna

  22. 5 out of 5

    Richard

  23. 4 out of 5

    unr8d

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dave Schroeder

  25. 4 out of 5

    Craig B. Tapley

  26. 5 out of 5

    ken werner

  27. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Patarello

  28. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Mailund

  29. 5 out of 5

    Helen

  30. 4 out of 5

    Darran

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